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The Christchurch City Council's
community, recreation and culture
committee is recommending the
extensively damaged Norman Kirk
Memorial Pool in Lyttelton be
rebuilt. It wants improvements
made to the facility, including
increasing the size of the
toddlers'/children's pool and
installing sun shading. It also
recommends repairing Waltham
Pool to 67 per cent of national
building standards, with
improvements to signage,
landscaping, roofing, re-sizing the
plant room, fencing, painting and
Bus fares up
Bus fares in Greater Christchurch
are to rise on September 30 due
to the increasing cost of fuel,
inflation and costs from the
earthquake recovery. Adult fares
will rise by up to 60 cents and
children by 50 cents for single
trips. Environment Canterbury
passenger services manager
David Stenhouse said it was the
first increase since August 2010,
''because we recognised the
hardships faced by Metro
customers in the post-earthquake
environment'' -- but the council
could no longer hold off making
The New Zealand Geographic
Photographer of the Year 2013
exhibition on the corner of Cashel
and High streets will end on
Sunday. The exhibition showcases
the finalists in this year's
competition and allows people the
opportunity to vote for the
People's Choice award. It is the
first time the exhibition has been
to Christchurch and Mayor Bob
Parker urged people to take the
chance to see what he described
as ''stunning'' images. It is part of
a regular programme of events to
attract people back to the central
city. The next scheduled event is
Open Streets on September 29.
Streets will be closed to vehicles
and there will be cycle-themed
activities and entertainment.
Christchurch has got back to 68
per cent of pre-quake
accommodation capacity with the
reopening of four hotels last
month. Canterbury Tourism chief
executive Tim Hunter said the
openings signal big progress.
Vision no barrier to BMX
By GARY MOODY
BMX SISTERS: Lily-
right, and siblings six-
centre, and four-year-
old Azaria are all at
home on the North
Avon BMX track.
Hovell-Allomes is starting to build
up an impressive resume on the
BMX track after notching up her
first win on the weekend -- despite
being legally blind.
The Burwood youngster took
out the B-final at an interclub
meet last Sunday. She also raced
in the recent BMX World Cham-
pionships in Auckland, after
qualifying by coming thirteenth at
Lily-Kate has optic-nerve
hyperplasia, which means her
optic nerve is underdeveloped.
She has almost no vision in her
left eye and no depth perception.
What others can see at 60 metres,
she can only see at 6 metres.
She cannot see the jumps on the
BMX track until they are almost
The North Avon rider has been
racing for three years -- she star-
ted because her whole family
I wanted to win a trophy too.
Stepdad Tony Thornley and
mum Elizabeth Hovell were both
on the track at the world champs,
as well as sister Annelisse, 6. Lit-
tle sister Azaria, 4, qualified, but
was too young to compete.
Mr Thornley said it had been
thought Lily-Kate would be
unable to ride, but he encouraged
ice-cream bribe. Now after school
they are sprinting around the
block and she bikes by herself.
The racing has given her more
confidence to try new things.
I can ride anywhere I like, she
It was scary when she first tried
BMX. It involved starting from a
2.5m ramp -- now she starts from
The jumps are sort of fun , but
life is a bit easier if she can get a
bit of practise on the track and
memorise what is coming up. She
broke her wrist in practice for the
South Island Championships and
could not race, but that has not
deterred her from striving to be a
famous BMX rider.
Mr Thornley said Lily-Kate had
grown up with the sport, and peo-
ple within it had been very sup-
She had previously worn glas-
ses, but found they did not help
Her condition has also hindered
her growth, so she was smaller
than the other riders at the world
Next year s event in the Nether-
lands is pencilled in for the family.
For now, with the new season
just starting, Lily-Kate will be
back on the start line this week-
end looking for another winners
certificate to add to her collection.
What councillors earn
By ABBIE NAPIER
CANDIDATES LINING up for a shot at run-
ning Christchurch will also be in the running
for pay packets in excess of $100,000 a year.
Those running for mayor could be earning
more than $200,000 a year.
Figures released by the Christchurch City
Council show while councillors earn a base
salary of $88,517 a year, there is plenty of
scope for extra earning power.
In the last financial year, councillors picked
up extra pay cheques for their involvement in
Resource Management Act hearings and fees
paid for roles in council-owned companies.
On top of base salaries, the 2013 financial
year saw an extra $275,000 paid out to coun-
cillors for services rendered outside their coun-
While the top-paid members of the elected
city council remain mayor Bob Parker
($203,000 and a company vehicle) and deputy
mayor Ngaire Button ($128,000), the other
members of the council are also well paid.
Last financial year, councillor Sue Wells was
the highest paid councillor with annual
council-related earnings of $126,600. Cr Wells
helped out at some RMA hearings and earned
$37,275 as a director of Christchurch City
Holdings Ltd -- the commercial arm of the
council which owns companies like Red Bus,
Orion and City Care.
Close on the heels of Cr Wells was Tim Car-
ter and Barry Corbett. Both served as CCHL
directors but did not sit on RMA hearings.
Sally Buck earned an extra $22,000 in fees
from Transpower, a government-owned elec-
Claudia Reid and Helen Broughton earned
$13,750 in fees for their roles with Christ-
church and Canterbury Tourism Ltd.
The council-provided figures show the only
councillors not to have earned any extra fees in
the last financial year were Jimmy Chen,
Glenn Livingstone and Yani Johanson, each
earning the base rate of $88,517.
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